A recent letter writer asked “where is the leadership” with the current administration? I ask, where is the leadership coming from the Democrat Party? The writer claimed President Trump downplayed the current pandemic, when actually, it was the World Health Organization and China that downplayed the severity of the virus.

Trump tried to impose travel bans but we heard cries of xenophobia by the Democrats led by none other than Joe Biden. Rather than blaming China and working with the president for the better of our country, the Democrats chose politics over the good of the American people, continuing to attack Trump and push the impeachment charade.

Biden claims Trump is a liar, yet Biden has plagiarized others for years and lied about it. He accuses Trump of colluding with other governments and withholding aid, yet boasted when he got a prosecutor fired when threatening to hold millions in foreign aid to Ukraine. And we now know he lied about his son’s involvement with Burisma, dealings with foreign governments such as Russia and China, and receiving millions in compensation, all while Joe Biden was vice president.

What’s dividing this country isn’t Trump, but a Marxist ideology pushed by the left and supported by Biden’s Democrat Party. Portland and Seattle are examples where we are headed under a Biden administration. What has Biden done in 50 years of politics that will somehow change if he becomes president? Along with their socialist ideas, both Biden and Kamala Harris want to seize guns from law-abiding citizens while supporting police defunding. Is this what we want as leadership for America?

Our president’s accomplishments are numerous, not the least of which involved cutting costly regulations and brokering a peace deal between countries hostile to each other, for which he has been rightly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Targeted deregulation made it easier to create jobs and new businesses, which led to the lowest unemployment and best economy our country has seen in over 50 years, before the pandemic, following eight years of a stagnant economy under Obama/Biden. The president’s tax bill created Opportunity Zones, benefitting underdeveloped communities in every state.

Yes, the tax bill benefitted corporations — the very entities that provide jobs. That’s how you improve an economy. So where is the leadership? I think it’s been proven numerously over the last four years. We need a leader with a proven track record that truly cares about our country and puts citizens' interests first. I, along with millions of other Americans, look forward to another four years of President Trump.

(75) comments

Greg F

66 separate baseless false claims by the orange liar that is continuing to set a lower and lower bar for the Gutless Old Party. Anyone saying trump has any honor has none themselves. https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/19/politics/fact-check-trump-dishonest-weekend-florida-michigan-georgia-wisconsin/index.html

Greg F

This video nails what is goi g on now in the Oval Office...we have grifters in there. This is it exactly! https://www.shelbynews.com/news/national/reagans-son-we-have-grifters-in-the-white-house/video_bd0c90e5-2a5f-5cff-b9bd-63531af3d73f.html

jerseygrl42

joe is a crook and liar who is gradually losing his mind...Oh yes we must vote for him to lead this country even though he wants to be a senator again so he says

phydeaux994

The one that has dementia is the one that said Savanna Guthrie tossed “softball” questions to Biden and difficult questions to Trump when Biden was in a different Town Hall in a different City on a different Network. jerseyboy must have been in La La Land.

Greg F

Whatevs expect...she is from joisy...are you from joisy? Noisy joisy!

Greg F

Jersey wall - you are the one who has lost their mind.

Greg F

You really seem to be ignoring the major Trump issues...major lies that are constant...not minor...but a gush of them daily from Trump. Then he attacks credible scientists not just Faucci, but the entire NIH calling them idiots. Only an idiot would do that....an idiot mocks others to make himself look better. I guess you will never see the forest for the fire that Trump is using to burn it down.

shiftless88

That was probably the single largest string of "previously fact checked and found to be false" statements I have ever read in my life.

public-redux

It was missing the Fw:Fw:Fw:Fw:Fw: beginning, tho.

shiftless88

[beam][beam][beam]

mamlukman

Funny how similar it was to the alternative universe Trump described on NBC this week. I want to go live where these people live! It sounds fantastic!

Greg F

Author sounds a lot like “Nodding Woman” at the trump town hall. A yes-man version anyway. https://thehill.com/homenews/news/521442-nodding-woman-behind-trump-at-town-hall-is-former-house-candidate

public-redux

Have you seen the one of the woman using an American flag to wipe her runny nose? Or it could be a Seuss hat. Can’t quite tell.

public-redux

Either way, she is right behind Trump,

Greg F

The SNL open with nodding woman is hilarious.

Greg F

Is there no end to the utter BS that the trumpette followers put out? Lies, warped reality, praise of a sex predator and outright liar of massive magnitude? He has raped truth. He rapes tax laws. He raped a child and is still not clear of that charge. He peeps at nude minors. He pays hookers while his kid nurses at home. He pushes off allies our parents and grandparents died to found. He coddles dictators and both lies and misinformation purposefully about the virus. What does it take with you people that still follow him? He is an obvious racist pig. He discriminated in his rentals, he faked his income and worth to banks. He faked an Einstein visa for hisnillegal wife and got her and his kid infected by ignoring all safety precautions. Idiots. That is what you are if you follow and support him. That and worse.

Burgessdr

Trumps depraved indifference has killed 200,000 Americans in 6 months In another 4 years that would make 1.6 million Josef Stalin Trump

MRS M

Yesterday I heard David Gergen, Republican advisor to presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton, refer to Donald Trump, his speeches, his spreader rallys and his presidency as "obscene", and offering that this obscenity must end. That about says it all. And it will.

KellyAlzan

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Dwasserba

Aw. There is no telethon for this.

Hayduke2

Another piece of drivel that offers no substance and is a parrotting of oft disputed right wing talking points. TDS ( Trump Defense System ) on display.

matts853

Pretty thorough itemization of the FOX propaganda points. It’s unbelievable to me that people can believe this crap. These Trump supporters literally exist in an alternate reality bubble. It’s frightening that Trump and FOX News and social media can completely brainwash tens of thousands of people. The age of reason is gone.

KellyAlzan

Trump is a one time four year guy. Been a while since we had a one termer

PurplePickles aka L&M

This letter is a prime example of the mental gymnastics that Trump lovers have to put themselves through to justified the unjustifiable and defend the indefensible of their cult leader Trump. Though I think Steven has made his kool-aid extra strong and with a heavy splash of vodka.

public-redux

I think Trump deserves at least a little bit of praise for his downplaying of the dangers of Covid in the early days. As he told Woodward, he didn’t want the public to panic. A president confident in his leadership abilities and confident of his credibility would have gone a different direction. That kind of a president would have believed he could tell the American public the hard truth and lead a national effort to avoid panic and manage the risk.

Trump did not behave that way. He understood, unconsciously perhaps, that he was incapable of avertIng panic. He just didn’t have the leadership qualities. So he preventing panic the best way he could. He lied.

For recognizing that he wasn’t up to the task of leading America to a far better outcome than the one we have, I praise President Trump.

gabrielshorn2013

While I agree with your assessment of a confident leader public, the last guy to truly do that with the American public was Jimmy Carter. Look where that got him; roundly criticized by both major parties, and soundly turned out of office. Although people say they want the truth, they tend to shoot the messenger if the news isn't good.

Greg F

Carter was and is a good human being. Trump....not even close....not nice, and in fact as warped, mean and demented of a person as you could get outside Hannibal Lector or Chuckie Manson.

phydeaux994

I’m sorry you feel that way public-redux. I think that a quarter-million deaths and the number of cases we have, and rising again, out of all proportion to the relative success of most other Countries speak loudly to Trump’s denial and delay, still happening, that have caused thousands of unnecessary deaths and Economic destruction to our population. I’m not sure what kind of “panic” he saved us from??? Are you saying we would be worse off than this if we had “panicked”?? Are you being sarcastic? I hope so.

bosco

Panic? We can't handle a run on toilet paper, milk, bread, and meat. That was panic enough.

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PurplePickles aka L&M

@bosco/Eric Trump

The toilet paper,milk,bread,meat panic was typical Daddy not thinking things through, being reactive not proactive. Had daddy not reacted like a chicken with its head cut off and had an actual proactive plan there would have no panic because everyone would have prepared for an eventual shut down. Those plans were probably what Daddy threw away when he was cleaning out his desk in the Oval Office, and you were happy because you wanted the pretty binder they came in.

KellyAlzan

Let’s not forget he eliminated the pandemic response team as well

gabrielshorn2013

Relative success of other countries phy??? Have you heard what is going on in Europe? Their infection rates are exceeding those in the spring. Is that Trump's fault too, or are people getting weary of the pandemic and letting their guard down? You know..."human nature". Very predictable.

Brookhawk

The disease is not Trump's fault. The politicizing ("The Chinese Virus," "a vaccine by Election Day") and the failure to just even wear a mask and encourage the rest of us to do it is his fault. Things didn't need to be this bad. And BTW, the scientists have been warning for quite a while about a rebound of COVID in the autumn and winter. Flu comes during the autumn and winter. The Spanish flu epidemic was far worse in the autumn and winter than it had been in the spring. What's happening in Europe is so predictable even Trump ought to know it will probably happen here too, but he doesn't listen to scientists. He listens to himself and he isn't capable of knowing and understanding a pandemic. And all he had to do to make the situation better is wear and mask and encourage all of us to do it but he wouldn't even do that.

gabrielshorn2013

Thanks for the cognent response Brookhawk. Agreed on all points. Too many irrationally blame the mere existence of the disease on Trump. We have been warning of such a pandemic as not an if, but a when, and here we are. It is human nature to think that not following the rules "just this once won't hurt", but it does, and the disease spreads. Get complacent, get careless, get infected, and on it goes. The "rules" and guidance offered by the healthcare community are there for a reason, and must be followed. Guardian Angels ain't gonna do it.

phydeaux994

But they’re not even close to exceeding our ongoing and rising infection rate are they gab??? And we are so far ahead on the death rate they’ll never catch up. Again gab, they were successful on flattening the curve, we have yet to achieve that. And pretty much everything is Trump’s fault. If you know different, the World would love to hear it. Peace.✌️

gabrielshorn2013

Phy, do you even bother toook up stats? Yes, Europe flattened the curve, but compliance fatigue (a.k.a. "human nature") is beginning to set in, and their rates are blowing up, exceeding their spring rates. France, Spain, Belgium, and the UK are shutting down all gathering places.. Would you rather be China, where the infected were rounded up, put into buildings, and the doors welded shut? Should we follow their lead? US citizens have freedoms that many other countries do not have. The reason the virus is spreading is because the infected failed to follow "the rules", which are 1) avoid crowds, 2) stay at least 6' apart, 3) wash your hands, and finally 4) wear a mask. You know that because you have not been infected, right? Or have you? Or is it because, as a Democrat, you have magical pixie dust that protects you? I asked you earlier what the political makeup of the infected is, but you failed to answer. We all have a personal responsibility. If you get infected now, it's your own fault. If we do not have personal responsibility, then we can all regress to being toddlers again. Run out of gas? Trump's fault! Forgot to pick up milk at the store? Trump's fault! Burn your toast? Of course, Trump's fault!

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases_casesper100klast7days

gabrielshorn2013

Oh, and phy, to answer your first question, Europe exceeded our new case rate last week. Here is a link to CNBC, a source that you trust. Notice the first chart you come to in the article illustrating that fact. It even lists "the rules"! Again, the common factor in the disease spread is folks ignoring the rules, not the US President.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/16/coronavirus-updates-latest-news-on-the-covid-19-pandemic.html

Greg F

Gabe...have you seen WISCONSIN and SD and UT....and matching and exceeding the original wave of infections and in WI only 20 ICU beds left in the whole state now? THAT can be put squarely on the orange idiot and his followers, and his planted judges that stripped the protections that were put in place in WI especially.

gabrielshorn2013

Yes GregF, I have seen them, and have been tracking this issue since January. While it may be a fact that cases in WI, SD, and UT are increasing, blaming the President for this, rather than individual failure to prevent themselves from being infected is a stretch. Do you believe that each of those new cases arose because they attended the Trump rally in their state? If so, the only people infected would be Republicans. Since the infections are across all political parties, that cannot be the cause. Not following the four simple rules is more plausible. Letting down your guard for one minute, betting that you can get away from following the rules “just this once” has consequences, sometimes fatal. Get complacent, get careless, get infected, pass it to another. That is how infectious disease is spread. Fighting the disease involves doinw whatever we can to prevent ourselves from getting infected, not relying on others to change their behavior.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-51235105

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/16/coronavirus-updates-latest-news-on-the-covid-19-pandemic.html

public-redux

phydeaux, I have heard President Trump say, more than once, that he regarded the alternatives as 1) telling Americans Covid was no big deal or 2) telling us we were all going to die from it. I am saying that we would be worse off today if he had gone public with message number 2. We would have been better off today if he had been leader enough to go with message number 3 (the truth) but he wasn’t. I suspect that he understands himself well enough to know that he has been a fraud his entire life. And so I praise him for knowing, in this case at least, that his leadership skills were no match for the task at hand.

Brookhawk

No, I don't think he knows he has been a fraud - I don't think he believes he is. I believe he thinks he is smarter and shrewder than everyone else, and he does not believe his leadership skills are no match for the task. He thinks he is the best that ever was.

threecents

I don't think he cares that he is a fraud. For him it is all a game about perceptions and being powerful and popular.

phydeaux994

But public, the serious threat the Coronavirus posed came out loud and clear to us from Dr. Fauci and others and only a few started hoarding. Trump could have just said that the virus could be transmitted through the air and the best thing we could do to limit the spread would be to wear a mask and started wearing a mask himself. He repeated the Conspiracy Theory from QAnon that 85% of the people that wear masks get COVID-19 just a couple days ago. Ya’think that might tend to panic people?? I agree with Brookhawk, Trump would never believe that he wasn’t up to the task for anything. “Only I can fix it”. “I know more than the Generals”.

public-redux

phydeaux, I think you are confusing the act with reality. I agree with Brookhawk that Trump thinks he is clever. He thinks he is so clever that he can fool most of the people most of the time. But I don’t think he is so stupid as to believe his own lies. Look, he has failed at everything in life except for lying. He would have to be a real moron to actually believe that he could lead the country thru a crisis. I have no reason to think he is a moron. He is incompetent. And I think he knows it. He certainly behaves like someone who knows he is in over his head.

phydeaux994

Can’t agree public, he is mentally ill. He is a Malignant Narcissist, look up the traits that define that condition. He BELIEVES that he is the smartest person ever to live. He knows more about everything than the experts in any given field. “ONLY he can fix it” “He is the Chosen One”. He is never wrong about anything, and he fires any employee that challenges him, i.e. Jeff Sessions, and excoriates anyone who criticizes him, i.e. Ben Sasse currently but the list is long. His Father only expected perfection and he supplied that, at any cost. And, as Michael Cohen said, he doesn’t kid around, he BELIEVES every word he speaks. He doesn’t believe that he is is a Fraud, or anything less than perfect. My opinion and I’m not a Psychiatrist, but I’ll believe the thousands that are.

public-redux

phydeaux, You could make your case stronger by identifying some of Trump’s attempts to lead the US thru the crisis. What, with some specificity, are you talking about?

PurplePickles aka L&M

@public-redux

I also praise Trump for understanding he is an irresponsible idiot and then confidently acting just like one.

public-redux

Unconsciously, perhaps.

Brookhawk

Trump creates panic with conspiracy theories and phony alarmist carp about Antifa (which isn't even an organization) coming to let poor black people into your middle class white neighborhood, and you think he didn't want to alarm people about the real threat of coronavirus? You are mistaken. The only thing he didn't want to alarm was the stock market, because it was all he had going for him at the time. the debt was blown up through the roof with the 2017 "tax cut" that went to the rich and the corporations who are always evading taxes anyway (I got $10 a month - how about you?). The GOP was sinking in regard here and all over the world. News coming out right and left about all his trips to his own property where the government paid him not only his salary but paid HIM the expenses too - he spends one day out of four using our money to pay his properties for his stay. 20k+ lies and still counting. And the stock market tanked anyway. Now it treads water, and hundreds of thousands of people sign up for unemployment every week.

He never cared about averting panic among us, the people. He cared only about averting panic in the stock market. Your praise is misplaced.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@Brookhawk

I don't know who this comment is in response to, me or Public-Redux? But if you read our words carefully we are praising him for knowing he is an irresponsible idiot and confidently acting like an irresponsible idiot. So no, our praise is not misplaced, because aren't you also saying in your above comment that Trump is an irresponsible idiot.

threecents

I remember Bosco giddily looking forward to the debates, predicting that Trump would appear strong and Biden would appear old and demented. In the debate and their solo performances, the opposite has happened. Many supported Trump because they thought of him as an economic genius who was once in debt for over a $billion due to his failing casinos but built himself back up into a billionaire. In his solo performance, when asked about his reported current $400+ million debt, he did not deny it. No doubt he will continue to be asked who he owes that to and why a billionaire would have so much debt. This is instructive not only because we should know who Trump is beholden to, but because of his job with the national debt. Before he was elected, he promised to produce balanced budgets, and with the economy doing well when he started and through his first three years - it was the right time to finally start paying down the debt. Instead he just added many billions more to the debt, and now with his terrible response to the pandemic, the government is forced to balloon the debt even further to bail out businesses and individuals. You all know what happens when a balloon gets inflated too much, and unlike Trump, the country cannot wipe it away in bankruptcy court - no matter how many shady lawyers it hires.

threecents

Sorry, I left out the part where in 10 of the last 15 years, according to the NYT Trump has paid no income tax because he lost so much more money than he made. While in office he has paid a total of $1500 in income taxes. When asked about that in the Vice Presidential debate, Pence said Trump pays millions of dollars in sales and property taxes - basically admitting that Times reports are true, even though Trump has denied them. No doubt Trump has made many millions from his TV show and licensing his name, but many of the businesses he runs have not done so well, and I don't think anyone doubts he has used unethical business practices and creative accounting and will likely be prosecuted for fraud once he is out of office. The phrase "smoke and mirrors" comes to mind.

bosco

Giddily? [lol][lol][lol][lol][ninja]

phydeaux994

Or giggily. Same difference.🤗

phydeaux994

sorry bosco, forget what I said about you and gab yesterday, you have reminded me why I thought you were JUST LIKE CD and jsk.

phydeaux994

bosco, what an incredibly Jr. High thing to say. You just keep proving me right about the RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans)/BTT(BullyTagTeam). Not a peep about the great things Don promised he was going to do but never did. He hasn’t even thought about Governing since the Summer of 2018 when he started campaigning for November 3, 2020 has he??

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public-redux

So what’s your current opinion of Biden’s mental acuity?

gary4books

Interesting predictions. I will wait and see how they work out in a Biden Administration.

public-redux

Yes, there have been a lot of interesting predictions lately. Some even with dates. Testable hypotheses are often fun.

Greg F

We all predicted Don to be a total failure and that has rung true.

marylandmirage

There is no substance to the Republican solutions to any issues affecting voters. Vague statements such as “We have a much better plan” without any details is meant to placate the base. It does nothing to sway anyone who can think. There are no plans from the Republican side, other than ramming through a Supreme Court judge. The whole administration is a case study in crisis management. That is the result of starting out with credible seasoned people and then firing them because they disagree with tRump. Now they are scraping the bottom of the barrel because the people with morals, ethics and integrity won’t work for this administration.

MRS M

Trump deliberately downplayed the threat of the Covid19 pandemic. We know this because he admitted just that on the Bob Woodward tapes. Americans also heard his very strong "message" that the threat was a "democratic hoax". This continues up through yesterday, where Trump is stating (ok, lying) at his obscene super-spreader rallys that the US has "turned the corner in the pandemic, as cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise, now widespread in Phase 2 across all States. I'd say the letter writer weakens the case he's trying to build here, by starting out his letter with a lie, and continuing down from there. There's no end to the lies they need to tell themselves................................. with 17 days left. Why bother?

awteam2000

There were 318 candidates nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020 — 211 individuals and 107 organizations. The Prize 2020 was awarded to World Food Programme (WFP) "for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict."

Trump was nominated by a far-right separatist member of the Norwegian Parliament.

Piedmontgardener

Despite the best efforts to attempt to terrify people with the word "Marxists", other than that, the President's re-election platform is pretty sparse. Party over Country isn't a good look right now, Republicans.

gary4books

I liked Groucho and Harpo, but in a film they could all be good Marxists.

gabrielshorn2013

🤣👍

bosco

Hail Hail Freedonia! [ninja]

Dwasserba

I agree with those that say portraying Biden as old, demented, forgetful etc. backfired, because it set the bar so low he looks terrific. We already knew about the stutter. Makes you root for him when he's searching to rephrase. Haha

elmerchismo1

You have got to be kidding me. From the very first, when you ask "where is the leadership coming from the Democrat Party?" you demonstrate you disconnect from reality. The Democratic Party is not the party in power. It is the responsibility of the President to lead, not point the finger at others and try to blame them for his lack of action.

DickD

Another Trump cult member who lives in a fictitious world created by Donald Trump and the Russians who are again busy trying to interfere with the U.S. elections.

Greg F

He deserves more than four years...in prison. He is about to get that...his raft of charges await his exit from office. Read on https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/17/politics/trump-election-legal-reckoning/index.html

DickD

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threecents

"If I decide to run for office, I'll produce my tax returns. Absolutely." -Trump

That's all he has to do if he really disputes the NYT reports.

fjulia

All the letter writer does is parrot the words of the great buffoon and his toadies and implies that his only source of faux facts is "Fox News?". Every one of his assertions has been shown to be false, exaggerated, or arguably less signicant than implied. So sad.

DickD

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